Thursday, November 8, 2012

Texas A&M/UA: Manziel leads dynamic Aggie offense

While the Alabama Crimson Tide are only days removed from arguably the most dramatic victory in program history, the top-ranked team in the nation must recover both mentally and physically, just in time for yet another daunting task.

Enter Texas A&M…

While aesthetically, and perhaps physically different than LSU, the Crimson Tide defense will have to combat the most dynamic offense in the SEC, which is led by the most dynamic quarterback in the SEC.

Enter Johnny Manziel…

Redshirt freshman "Johnny Football” Manziel has become quite the star, and rightfully so. Manziel plays “backyard football” in an organized offense. The dual-threat quarterback is a throwback, but also an example of everything that is modern. Manziel is truly a mixed bag of talent, for an explosive offense.

As we enter the mid portion of November, Manziel is 203-of-305 in the passing department, for a grand total of 2,527 yards. Manziel has thrown six interceptions this season, but has countered with an impressive 16 touchdowns.

While Manziel is an efficient passer, and will only improve, the threat and scare he gives to the opposition is his ability to run the football on virtually any play.

With a total of 922 yards on 138 carries, Manziel leads Texas A&M in rushing. In addition to his aforementioned 16 passing touchdowns, Manziel has 15 rushing touchdowns, and averages 6.7 yards per rushing attempt.

Make no mistake, Texas A&M has an impressive offense as a whole, with an impressive and unique system, but whether the A&M offense is successful against Alabama, will all depend on Johnny Manziel.

Expect head coach Kevin Sumlin, and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury to go “all out” against the Alabama defense, in what has all the makings of yet another “instant classic” in the SEC.

Texas A&M offensive team superlatives

-44 points per game (4th in the nation)
-251 rushing yards per game (10th in the nation)
-308 passing yards (19th in the nation)

Leading rushers (excluding the aforementioned Manziel)

-Ben Malena 96 carries 637 yards 6 TD
-Christine Michael 69 carries 321 yards 8 TD
-Trey Williams 49 carries 240 yards 3 TD

Leading receivers

-Mike Evans 56 receptions 802 yards 2 TD
-Ryan Swope 45 receptions 641 yards 5 TD
-Thomas Johnson 27 receptions 317 yards 1 TD
-Uzoma Nwachukwu 17 receptions 237 yards 4 TD

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